No, I’m Not At WKRP in Cincinnati

Baby, if you've ever wondered, Wondered whatever became of me, I'm living on the air in Cincinnati, Cincinnati, WKRP. Apologies if you've been expecting the second part of First Person Revolutionary, or wondering where I've been. Haven't been feeling my best lately. My doctor has informed me I need to have a sort-0f-minor, sort-of-major surgery. I have a consultation coming up with the prospective surgeon next week — at which meeting I'm assuming we'll set a date for the cutting. Argh. That … [Read more...]

First Person Revolutionary — Part 1

Ever think about the revolutions in your life? The things that change, and change greatly, and then affect everything that comes after? Boy, I do. I’ll tell you a little one first, and then a big one, and then a maybe one. The Little One The little one – well, it might be a big one to you – is about music. … [Read more...]

Visits from Dead People — Part 1

When I was younger, I used to play with myself. No, not like that. Okay, well, yes like that, but that’s not what I meant. (Too much information, huh? The hell with it, I’m leaving it in. We’re all sexy beasts here.) What I mean is that I used to play with different parts of my body, to see what I could learn from them, to see what they would do. … [Read more...]

Um. I Have My First Troll. I Think.

Apparently I have acquired a troll. A nice conservative fellow who describes himself: A 77 year old Pro Iraq War Agnostic Atheist Activist, 101st Airborne Vet and a former member of management in some of Top American 500 corporations. Also ‘formally’ a Fire Walking, Deep Sea – Scuba Diving, Paratrooping, Bungee Jumping, Spelunking, 1 & 3 Meter Spring Board Diving, Partying & Dancing, Rock Climbing, River Rapid Running, Expert Shooting, Life Saving, Body Surfing and Beach … [Read more...]

No Secret Here: I’m Voting for Obama

Facebook friend Dave H. used the acronym "LMO" in a political comment earlier today. After I asked about it, he clarified: LMO stands for “Lord Messiah Obama.” Ack. My reply went on for a bit as I explored how I felt about Obama, and other things. I’m reprinting it here because ... well, I wanted the clarification to get a larger airing: Re: Lord Messiah Obama I don't think Obama sees himself that way. I don't think thoughtful people see him that way. … [Read more...]

Handball, Popcorn and Jesus

I played handball when I was younger. I never got very good at it, but the game still left an impression on me. My best memory of it was something surprising that happened one day after I’d been playing for a few months, something that had nothing at all to do with handball. … [Read more...]

You Sleigh Me

In fond memory of cooler days, here's a pic from back when I drove sleighs and haywagons for a living. That's me on the driver's seat. Up front are my coal black Percheron draft horses, Esther and Jim, both close to a ton in weight. Running alongside is my German shepherd best friend, Ranger the Valiant Warrior. This was the early 1990s, and I was already happily godless.   … [Read more...]

Talking to John Loftus

Former FtBer John Loftus of Debunking Christianity has a post up today titled Ed Brayton, PZ Myers, and Freethought Bloggers, Listen to Me. John is absolutely welcome to his opinions, but as some large part of what he said is a whack at FtB, and as I disagree with it, I answered him in the comments, and I echo it here. ___________________ Freethought Blogs blogger here, specifically the Blue Collar Atheist. Quoting you: "I know you have a herd mentality and have a strong tendency not to … [Read more...]

Wisdom of the Aged. Er, Ages.

Random Shit I've Learned: Dogs like icewater in the summer, just like people do. The burger you get at the counter has no resemblance to the picture of the burger on the poster. If they tell you it’s “for your own good” or “to serve you better” ... it isn’t. After you lose half your hair, the pressure’s off. … [Read more...]

Because I Am An Atheist

Ian Cromwell, brilliant fellow FtBer who writes a profound and witty blog under the Crommunist Manifesto banner, asked me to contribute to his "Because I am an atheist" series. He printed my piece a bit less than a week ago, with an intro that referred to me as "the incomparable Hank Fox." (How can you not like a guy who calls you THAT?) I'm echoing the piece here. If you'd like to contribute your own take on the subject, Crommunist is actively soliciting submissions.  Click the title link … [Read more...]